best Hanukkah food gifts

Don’t you dare show up to a Hanukkah dinner empty handed. Bring a gift, and make it food—but not any food. There are rules. So do it right and try one of our eight tasteful suggestions.

And get some ideas of what Hanukkah-inspired dishes to make for your own dinner or party on our Hanukkah recipe page.

Great Miracle Dreidels Limited Edition Gift Set (Kosher), $85.95 at Eleni’s

Eleni's Hanukkah dreidel cookies


These are some classy cookies. Four kosher, nut-free, hand-iced sugar cookies are made with pure butter, whole eggs, and vanilla. Eleni’s also offers more affordable and less intricate cookies that are just as delicious.See it

Layercake Cheesecake Sampler (Extra Large), $62.95 at Junior’s


Go big with Junior’s biggest cheesecake sampler yet. The New York City cheesecake institution has a new cake-within-a-cake sampler, super-sized. You’ll get carrot cake cheesecake, red velvet cheesecake, chocolate dream cheesecake, and new white chocolate cheesecake with tons of white chocolate chips. This gift is a crowd pleaser. Call 800-958-6467 or buy it here.See it

Barbera Lorenzo # 1 Organic Sicilian Extra Virgin Olive Oil. D.O.P Valli Trapanesi, $29.68 on Amazon

Barbera Lorenzo # 1 Organic Sicilian Extra Virgin Olive Oil. D.O.P Valli Trapanesi

Barbera Lorenzo/Amazon

The extra virgin olive oil is pressed from the finest Sicilian olives. With its deep, brilliant green-golden color, spicy aroma, fruity flavor, and almond finish, it’s a treat for both the eyes and the palate. See it

Eight Nights of Hanukkah Crate (Kosher), $139 at Zabar’s


Your thoughtfulness will be remembered as your recipients open gift upon delicious gift from one of the most celebrated NYC Jewish delis. What’s Inside: Chocolate coins, Zabar’s chocolate babka, Zabar’s cinnamon rugelach, silver and blue chocolate covered almonds, blue and white mini lentils, blue and gold Hanukkah chocolates, Hanukkah cookie assortment, blue and white cookies, Hanukkah candles, and dreidels. See it

Chocolate Babka (Kosher), 2 for $28 at Dean & DeLuca

Dean & DeLuca

Made from enriched yeast dough rolled around a rich chocolate filling to produce a beautifully marbled bread, chocolate babka is a great Hanukkah treat to share. The two loaves, 3-pounds total, will be shipped frozen. See it

Sugarfina Hanukkah Candy Bento Box (Kosher), $26 at Neiman Marcus

Sugarfina Hanukkah candy gift box

Sugarfina/Neiman Marcus

Beautifully packaged for gifting in a blue and silver box, this box carries three kosher (and delicious) candies in clear Lucite boxes: dark chocolate sea salt caramels, robin’s egg caramels, and Champagne bubbles.See it

Latke Toppings, $9 and up at Murray’s Cheese


Latkes, a popular Hanukkah dish, can be even better with a spread of indie toppers, an ideal entertaining gift for any Hanukkah host. Curate your own assortment of apple butter, fresh figs, cheese, and more.See it

Green’s Bakery Chocolate Rugelach (Kosher), $17.59 on Amazon

Green's Bakery chocolate rugelach

Green’s Bakery/Amazon

Honor your beloved bubbe with this gift of a traditional rugelach recipe faithfully recreated into these special sweet, chewy pastries with rich chocolate ribbons. They’re available in cinnamon and vanilla varieties too.See it

Check out the best Hanukkah apps to celebrate the Festival of Lights in 2018 too.

For more great gift ideas, see our Gourmet Food and Drink Gift Guide, and our Best Kitchen Gadgets, Tools, and Appliances Gift Guide.

Related Video: Delicious Chocolately Treats for Hanukkah 

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